Jose Saldana is a globe-trotting, mountain-climbing, photographer of Puerto Rican descent from Philadelphia. Jose experienced almost total loss of hearing by the time he was 2 years old. In middle school, Jose exhibited a fascination toward the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. He spent hours reading National Geographic Magazines and marveling over the photography of the world’s tallest mountains. The serene peaks and their overwhelming silence appealed to the young man. It was a fascination that stayed with him. Jose Saldana was fortunate to attend high school at Washington’s Model Secondary School for the Deaf, part of Gallaudet University. At this point, Jose set his sights on a life of travel, mountain-climbing, and photography. From 2005 to 2016, Jose climbed more than 40 mountains ranging in heights up to 18,900 feet. He has reached the peaks of mountains in Colorado, Italian Alps, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta, Argentina, New Mexico, Arizona, Peru, Chile and Ecuador from 2005 through 2018. Camera in icy hands, Jose trekked through the Himalayas in 2014, managing to document the extraordinarily tranquil settings. He captures vast, beautiful silence. Jose has improved on his photographic techniques by using visual and technical skills gained from his experience filming for DeafNation (DeafNation.com). At the renowned Rochester Institute of Technology, Jose’s photo collection of his mountain trekking captivate his audience. His breathtaking collection of photos, particularly those of the Himalayas in Nepal and human cultures in Vietnam are truly remarkable and have earned Jose national recognition in professional photography circles.
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